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Spartacus Recasting: Who Should Play Slave Naevia?

Lesley-Ann Brandt, Spartacus

Andy Whitfield isn't the only Spartacus: Blood and Sand actor to be replaced for the second season. Lesley-Ann Brandt is also leaving the Starz series, and her role will be recast, Deadline reports.

In the prequel Spartacus: Gods of the Arena, Brandt played body slave Naevia to Lucretia (Lucy Lawless), who eventually becomes the lover of Crixus the gladiator in the original series' first season. Brandt reportedly decided not to renew her contract to appear in the second season. She just began a recurring role on CSI: NY and recently appeared on an episode of Chuck.

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Lucy Lawless Joining No Ordinary Family

Lucy Lawless

Xena and Spartacus: Blood and Sand star Lucy Lawless has landed a recurring role on No Ordinary Family , TVLine reports.

Keck's Exclusives: Eric Balfour terrorizes No Ordinary Family

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Meet the New Spartacus: Liam McIntyre Talks About Taking Over the Gladiator Gig

Liam McIntyre

There's a new gladiator in town! After a long and exhaustive casting search, actor Liam McIntyre has landed the lead role in the Starz series Spartacus: Blood and Sand. The 28-year-old Aussie unknown will replace fan fave Andy Whitfield, who had to withdraw from the show last year after being diagnosed for the second time with non-Hodgkin lymphoma. Season 2 of the international hit starts shooting this spring, with a projected January 2012 airdate. TV Guide Magazine spoke with McIntyre, who beat out a broad and beefy contingent of Spartacus wannabes — a list that included former Prison Break star Dominic Purcell and All My Children grad Aiden Turner ...

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Spartacus Draws Up a New Battle Plan With Prequel Series Gods of the Arena

John Hannah and Dustin Clare

Rome wasn't built in a day, but Spartacus: Gods of the Arena came damn close.

This is the program Starz quickly green-lit last year when Season 2 of Spartacus: Blood and Sand had to be put on hold due to leading man Andy Whitfield's cancer diagnosis. The powers behind the hit series needed a way to maintain creative momentum and keep their cast and staff together until Blood could resume, with Whitfield's replacement, Liam McIntyre. (Production begins this spring.)

But Gods, a six-episode prequel revealing how the House of Batiatus rose to prominence in the gladiator business, is no mere time-filler. It's just as epic and freakishly compelling as the original series and — if possible — even more gruesome, decadent and scatological... read more

Spartacus' Andy Whitfield Attacking Cancer "Like a True Champion"

Spartacus

Spartacus: Blood and Sand creator Steven. S. DeKnight wants Andy Whitfield's fans to know the actor is actively fighting the disease.

"Andy of course is being very private about his condition and what he's going through with his family," DeKnight said Tuesday to discuss the prequel Spartacus: Gods of the Arena. "It's been a little while, but the last thing I heard was that he was attacking it like a true champion. I have the utmost faith that he will... read more

Liam McIntyre Replaces Andy Whitfield in Spartacus

Liam McIntyre

Liam McIntyre, an Australian actor who starred in HBO's The Pacific, has been tapped to replace Andy Whitfield in Spartacus: Blood and Sand, Starz announced Monday.

McIntyre, 28, steps into the role after Whitfield was forced to drop out after being diagnosed with... read more

Starz Moving Forward with Second Season of Spartacus, "Very Confident" in Recasting

Dustin Clare

Spartacus: Blood and Sand will return.

"We are officially going ahead with the long-planned, but unfortunately delayed second season of Spartacus," Starz President Chris Albrecht announced at Friday's Television Critics Association's winter preview sessions.

Spartacus star Andy Whitfield leaves show after cancer recurrence

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Starz "Starting to Explore" Spartacus Recasting

Andy Whitfield

Starz is "starting to explore ideas" to recast Andy Whitfield's titular role in Spartacus: Blood and Sand with the cancer-stricken star's blessing, a network rep told TVGuide.com.

Spartacus star Andy Whitfield leaves show after cancer recurrence

"Everything's kind of happened quickly and it's too early to say what we're doing ...
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Spartacus Star Andy Whitfield Leaves Show After Cancer Recurrence

Andy Whitfield

Andy Whitfield has dropped out of Spartacus: Blood and Sand's second season to continue cancer treatment, Starz announced late Friday.

Whitfield, who was diagnosed with non-Hodgkin's lymphoma in March, had been in remission until doctors recently advised him to... read more

Spartacus Six-Part Prequel to Air on Starz in January

Spartacus

Pre-production has begun on a six-part Spartacus: Blood and Sand prequel to air in January, Starz announced Tuesday.

The untitled project, which will start shooting this summer, will focus on the rise of the House of Batiatus and its champions before... read more

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